NY Healthcare Action Blitz

NY Healthcare Action Blitz

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Access to healthcare is an issue that affects every New Yorker. At one point or another we have all needed care.

New York is one co-sponsors away from having a majority in the Senate which is a crucial step to passing a Universal Healthcare bill in which every New Yorker would receive comprehensive healthcare coverage under a single payer plan. This could be a model for other states.

In solidarity with each other and with healthcare advocates across the state and country, Onstack is honored to support the Healthcare Action Blitz and their efforts to crowdsource video stories from all New Yorkers about the need for Universal Healthcare.

So far, we’ve heard from patients, healthcare professionals and small business owners affected by the ACA that have:

-Developed serious health problems because of cost or insurance company bureaucracy
-Delayed treatment because of cost
-Stayed in unhealthy relationships or jobs for fear of losing health care coverage
-Worry about losing coverage if the ACA is repealed because of cost or a pre-existing condition.
-Worry about losing their business because private insurance premiums keep rising
-Observed different treatment for patients based on health insurance status
-Observed a patient delay or refuse health care because of cost

Let’s get this done right here at home and set the pace the rest of the nation. Telling our healthcare story could be the start, let’s start here.

 

To add a video use one of these methods:

1. On a computer with a webcam:

  • Click the red record button. This will launch a new window to onstack.org
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to record and edit your video.

2. With an iPhone

  • Download the Onstack app from the app store here
  • Once the app is installed scroll to the “Women’s March 2017” stack and add your video by clicking the “+” icon on the right side of the screen.

3. Additionally, you can also email us your video in whatever format you would like

  • Send a link or file to health@onstack.com and we’ll add it for you.
Interview with stack creator David Berezin

Interview with stack creator David Berezin

David created the “Thank You Hillary” stack. We interviewed him on the his motivation and process.

Tell me a little bit about yourself, your background, why you are interested in politics.

I’m a graduate student in Media Studies at The New School, currently in my final semester. Last year, I interned for the Clinton campaign: I wrote and edited blog posts for the campaign website. More recently, I was a content intern at Sesame Street, where I helped the US Social Impact team develop interactive educational materials for children in low-income communities.

 It’s hard not to be interested in politics when you consider what’s at stake. Politicians make decisions on all aspects of our lives. As citizens in a democracy, we have the power to hold politicians accountable and ensure they’re working in our best interests. So it’s our responsibility to stay informed and engaged, not just in federal politics but also in state and local politics. 

Why you volunteered for the Clinton campaign? 

When I got the offer to intern for the Clinton campaign, I knew it would be an extraordinary opportunity. Working at the campaign headquarters, I saw firsthand how a presidential campaign operated. I also used my writing and editing skills to discuss issues affecting Americans’ lives, like equal pay, LGBTQ rights, and college affordability.

 

Most importantly, I believed that Secretary Clinton was the best choice to lead our country forward. Of all the candidates, she was the most experienced and intelligent. And I strongly believed in her pragmatic approach to instituting progressive change. She’s inspired millions of Americans, and I’m proud to count myself as one of them.

 

What made you want to start this Thank You Hillary Project? Why are you doing it?

 Like so many of us, I was stunned and devastated after election night. As awful as I felt, I couldn’t even imagine how painful it was for Secretary Clinton, having lost her second presidential campaign when victory seemed all but certain both times. Yet she handled what had to be an excruciating loss with such grace and dignity: even in defeat, she continued to inspire.

I can’t fathom what it’s like to lose a presidential election, but if I were in the Secretary’s position, I’d like to know that I was loved and appreciated. I’d like to know that my decades of service made an impact on people’s lives. Also, in this climate of fear and anger and uncertainty, I wanted to bring people together to create something positive and uplifting.

How has the experience been collecting these videos? 

 It’s been life-affirming, to say the least. After the election, I felt totally demoralized. But hearing people express their admiration for Secretary Clinton and their determination to keep fighting has renewed my hope for this country’s future.

It’s during our darkest moments that our best qualities come out, and Americans are standing up and making their voices heard like never before. The campaign may be over, but our values of equality, acceptance, and kindness still endure. 

What’s next? Do you plan on staying policy active? 

My priorities are completing my master’s degree and finding a full-time job. But I’d still like to stay politically active: I’m tremendously inspired by all the people who are fighting the injustices of the new administration—and, like my hero Hillary Clinton, I plan to keep fighting.

onstack was created with the idea that what binds humanity is our similarities and not our differences.

onstack was created with the idea that what binds humanity is our similarities and not our differences.

Onstack is a social video platform and tool to be used with other social networks to collaborate on groups of videos we call “stacks”. A stack happens when someone has an idea for a video where they want others to participate. They start the stack, record the video and send it out to the world for others to join.

At its core it is a powerful tool to crowdsource videos that can be about anything.

  • Video Petitions and Social Justice
  • Journalism and Documentary
  • Multi-Pov Event Videos
  • Creative Collaborations and Competitions like music, dancing and storytelling
  • Video Diaries
  • Opinion Gathering
  • And what ever else you can think of!

Our mission is to connect like minded people to expose truths with honest videos and to celebrate life by showing the best of what humanity has to offer through heartfelt video and meaningful collaborations.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller